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>> and i hope that you consider and definitely find in the
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budget just a little bit that we're asking and think long-term for us so we can get the recognition for the hard work that we do. thank you. >> hi. i am lacie johnson and work at progress foundation and with the nonprofit coalition. i work at adu acute diversion unit and people can stay for two weeks after they are ps and i want to talk about in the last few years the work load has gone up a lot. we used to have 10 beds. now the beds are increased and we have 12 beds and lost a half-time position and the increase in paperwork so there is constantly more work for you and as far as other services and recently other services have been cut, places where we connect people to such
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as tom ladell, haight-ashbury clinic and in the past where we connected people within two weeks now it takes three months so for nonprofit workers it's demorizing and our jobs are point scpls can't do the work and not to mention we have small salaries and for these reasons and more we're asking for the 4% so it's imperative these services are funded and we get these and we don't need the america's cup. nonprofits don't care about america's cup and the kaiser increase and taking money out of the general fund also we don't care about that and please give us the 4%. [applause] >> hi my name is kaitlyn and a researcher at seiu 10 to one representing nonprofits in san francisco. this is necessary
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for nonprofits to stay afloat and the city can afford it. we ended last year with a $300 million surplus and controller surplus this year. furthermore the mayor's budget didn't have this operations for contractual services will amount to 13.four increase from last year. an analysis we put together identifies budget savings. i will share with you some highlights. the mayor's budget includes total appropriations to the general fund reserve of $76 million. the board can reduce appropriations to budget reserves by $15 million still leaving $61 million in appropriations. in the two years ending last june the city averaged $64 million in unspent appropriations for services and supplies. the board could re-appropriate 16 of the $64 million in unspent prior year numbers and lastly by
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adopting moratorium on new management positions the city's general fund would realize $3.2 million in savings. with these options it shows the board has the ability to fund the 4% increase and it's the right thing to do for the city's most vulnerable populations and the nonprofits that serve them. thank you. [applause] >> supervisors i am chris daly and political director of seiu 10 to one. i am here to support community based service providers and the workers providing these most critical front line services in a plea -- in a plea for a bit more dignity in their critical work. we're asking this committee to include a 4% cost of doing business, increasing the budget, and we think that this ask is justified. for just a bit of perspective since i last served on this committee backed in 2007 the san francisco budget has increased by more than 25%.
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the cost of living in san francisco has gone up 12%. pay for nonprofit workers is 1.9% that you guys were a part of last year. this increase has brought an average seiu nonprofit worker which is higher than the average to just under $40,000 per year. for a little bit of perspective for a single family household that is 55% of the median income and obviously for a family for two, three, four it's much less than that. with this budget the dollars are there and we created this menu of possible places to find that money that would fund our ask and fund every single other ask in this room today. let me quickly highlight a few. the america's cup it's been
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talked about. they promised $32 million. they cut it down to $22 million but only have given the city $8 million unless there is a payment in the last week. ben rosen thinks it's only going to be five more this year and we need that money for services. larry ellison is sitting on $43 billion -- >> [inaudible] [applause] >> [inaudible] [cheers and applause] >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is dave canner and the
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acting director for seiu 1021 san francisco. i want to start by saying it's really unacceptable that the community has to be out here begging every year and yet private for profit contractors never have to do this. that is absolutely unacceptable and i think that's a struggle we're going to need your support in fixing in the coming years. it's just unacceptable. i want to speak about the -- where we think some of the money could be found to fund the services that these folks are providing. the systems commission is submitting to you 2014 insurance renewal rates within the coming days. now negotiations between kaiser and hhs staff has been [inaudible] so far and they use proposal which was the last
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offer. with kaiser refusing to negotiate for month hhs staff has outlined the issues for you folks to consider when this comes to you. members have trended younger and healthier and requiring fewer services over the past seven years. rather than reducing the premiums to reflect this they're proposing a five and a quarter rate increase which equals $15 million. their proposal includes intergreated care management. that total is $81 million. kaiser has refused to give any data to justify why the fees have increased by condollars. between 2010 and 2012hhs paid kaiser $87 million more than the services that kaiser actually provided. on may 9 the board instructed kaiser to resume negotiations
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explaining -- [inaudible] >> thank you. >> [inaudible] >> thank you very much. next speaker please. [applause] >> hi i am emma gerald and a field representative for seiu 1021. i representative nonprofit workers. i think you heard compelling testimony why we need the 4% increase. we appreciate the board's support last year with the 1.nine increase. however this was absorbed quickly with rents and cost of living and food and everyday costs and we're talking about wages that are pretty low and these are workers that with the poorest of the poor and frankly their work is hard and
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they deserve to be compensated fairly. they deserve to have family health care where a lot of folks don't have. it's so expensive that some of them use public assistance. it's unacceptable. white the nonprofit funding has been flat in the last five years which is basically a cut and the private contractors have increase and they had increase of 16-point.4% and addition to landlords that lease with the city get average of 10-15% increase so basically the city is recognizing that other sectors that they do business with has the realities of business such as health care and workers' comp goes up but what does the nonprofit sector? we have the same realities and workers have to pay the bills and we deserve to be
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compensated fairly for the hard work that people do, so pie colleagues gave you some really testimony about where the money could come from. i want to take a really hard look at that but at the end of the day it's about where our city's priorities are, and we think it should be with the city's most vulnerable. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is peter mace ac with seiu 1021 and with the nonprofit coalition and the cost of living in san francisco has increased 12%. during that time the nonprofit workers have endured a constant stream of budget cuts. many of the people in the room have been here for years past and begging to have money restored just to stay open and when you're begging for the life of your program you don't have time to ask for a cost of
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living. i remember years of being happy i had a job when the budget was past. now the economy and the city is doing better and it's time if give back to the nonprofit workers who sacrificed so much during the recession and bring nonprofits back to the funding they enjoyed before the cuts and build increases into contracts so the valuable organizations can keep up with the rising cost of living in san francisco. we've done it for profit contracts. they have the contract price escalation built in and why don't nonprofits get that? we can't have a double standing and you admit that my colleagues have mentioned and costs and contracts need to go up. why isn't it the same for nonprofits? i'm asking for a 4% increase but even that is a low increase. we should be asking for 10 to 15% to make up for the cost of living increases that
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happened in san francisco during this time to get us back to where we should have been before the recession hit and that we care and respect nonprofit workers and the money is there. i'm not going to go over all the points because they have been made and the city of san francisco doesn't have a revenue problem and it has a priority problem and it's time to prioritize nonprofit workers over private contracts. thank you. [applause] >> my name is matt feltstein. i work for progress foundation for a house for the mentally ill and the drug addicted. in the years i have been doing this job i had all kinds of jobs. i came from a privileged family and don't know what it's like to struggle. what i can say about my co-workers is they're brave, compassionate understanding
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people ever going to meet in my life so i am in awe. that's all i have to say. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. [applause] >> hi i am also here encouraging to you consider the 4% increase to nonprofits in the city. when we were walking around meeting with you guys in your offices earlier this month supervisor farrell's office mentioned this budget is a moral document and i would ask if this is so that the priorities of this budget consider not only mine and my co-workers dedication to service, not only the community that we -- you and i have the privilege to serve, but i ask to you consider the effects of the dissolving safety net and services would have on the value of our city? i would ask you to consider what would happen to the city when the people that made it what it is are forced out or left behind? and what
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would have to be cut from the budget in years from now if the safety net is dissolved and we have to rely on emergency services. i would ask to you continue the values of the city you serve and your vision for ensuring that san francisco stay the city that takes care of its people and grows together. thank you. [applause] >> thank you next speaker please. >> hi. my name is george and i am representing community services and the team at [inaudible] barker community house and i heard the program might be cut i was shocked because this program is like a second family to me. it's where i go to right after school, do homework, and then hang out for the rest of the time, and this program helped me graduate because i came here when i was
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a sophomore in high school, and was doing really bad, and the people that run this program really pushed me and helped me and gave me everything i needed so i was able to graduate on time. i just graduated in may. now i'm on my way to city college and it was all because of this program. [applause] >> hi i am shelly brown and want supportive manager for the community house with e piiveg pol services and i have been with them since october. since october i have seen the program grow in many ways. the attendance went from 69% to 10 8%. the team space is from two office space to a teen center and right next door where the teens get to mentor the k through six kids as well. what
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we hope to do end a generation of homelessness as a generational problem, and in doing that we give the teens the opportunity for safe environment, financial education, tutoring, boys and girls support group, and many opportunities to broaden their horizons and examples we had clean tours or went camping and something they never have done before. our focus is provide a positive experience for the youth and the kids need this haven to a beaut drugs and abuse and remember the front line staff and grant the 4% increase to do business. thank you. >> good afternoon supervisor. eddy young with brightline
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defense project. as you know the local hire law has been successful increasing opportunities for local workers on city construction projects. on average 65% compared to before when the law was passed. one of the issues of utmost importance is assure maximum outreach to san franciscans about jobs and workers that left the work force several years ago and that means the pipeline as robust as possible with increasing requirements for local hire from year to year and more projects doing it under local hire we have heard from labor unions and others to do everything we can to make sure the pipeline is as robust as possible. the school board's adoption of the policy and can coordinate with city build and partners and we ask you to
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increase funding for this program which is currently funded to $100,000 to $300,000 to engage all critical stakeholders, including unions and contractors to add hundreds of workers to the pool of qualified and ready apprentice level and journey workers ready to go to work as need increases. thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is jackie flynn. i am the executive director of adolf randall center in san francisco. after two years of applying the local hire the efforts of -- [inaudible] labor unions, community advocates and a strong network of providers we guaranteed outreach and engagement of qualified local workers training and support
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for success in trace career paths and supply the city with workers to perform thousands of work hours for projects. program partners such as the labor 261 are in full support of the efforts to prepare workers and restore opportunities for many of those that have lost their jobs during the difficult times. as we continue to recover it's important to restore and maintain the local work force. recently the conversation of local hire has been broadened to include the san francisco school board's adoption of the city local policy creating a huge potential for more local jobs. we must continue to project investments that the city has made for developing a work force for construction. i am asking for your support of the local hire policy and increase funding from $100,000 to $300,000 to take advantage the opportunities for a robust local hire pipeline program which is critical to
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the city's continued development over the next year. thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. i first want to acknowledge the wonderful organizations that have come through today and the vital work that they do that makes our city such and vibrant place. i work at the employment center and for years we have assisted residents created hope and dignity through introi. i ask that you support increase of funding from the current level of $100,000 to $300,000 for our local hire pipeline program which would expand opportunities for creating sustainable career pathways for san francisco residents and assist with the development of work force opportunities for high school students. wees also ask that you support the cbo work force
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collaborative that anne cochran brought up and the ask for basic skills development which would go to providing core skill training to assist san francisco residents to not only gain employment but maintain it. we believe that both enhancement would support the city's -- what should be the city's goal that everyone wants a job should be provided with the support and opportunity to obtain one. thank you supervisors. >> honorable supervisors i am alex with the geneva house and the power house is 113 year old building in the city. for 13 years we have been turning it into a community center. it's now owned by the recreation and parks department and we have been defunded and we're asking
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that funding be restored. with the car barn we are able to do multitude of things for families and nonprofits in excessor which are needy which are leaving. a lot of families are leaving. families are leaving. i don't want them to go. i want my family to stay. if the car barn is an entity that can help them. it can offer resources -- for three and a half years we have been offering resources to youth. right now we have two college programs in the journalism department at city college and one at lake high school. i can tell you the need. we have so many applicants because excessior has the second most amount of youth second to bay view and please support the car barn and power
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house . [applause] >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is jan thornton and a music teacher and program coordinator for reach out program. for the last 12 years our program has been offering piano, singing and classes to people in the area and especially for those that cannot afford high pricing private lessons. since more musical instruments are available for children under third grade in public school our program has been acting as a breech filling the learning gap and providing lessons to the children from kindergarten to the second graders. since our location
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geary [inaudible] our success has incomed and registration doubled. however, with 60% budget cut we won't be able to accept the new students, but currently registered students and also teachers who has been working with us for the last 12 years. please let us continue our program and serve our community better and also consider our proposal. thank you. >> hello i am lata and here as a parent representing the various families that came out through the reach out program. i have two girls now nine and 11 that have beenful individual in the program over a period of seven years. what i love about the program is that it brings together families and children
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from different parts of the city because it's open to everyone in the city and also from different social groups, so we have been able to form bonds and such with people from different groups, and we come together to make music, art, and culture together. it's a great program. the quality is really exceptional probably because it's been built as a community over the past 12 years, so it would be a real shame to see children not be allowed into the program. as jan said a bridge into music and arts at an early age when children are receptive to that type of learning and again i seen that with my children with other kids coming through the program, and what i think is a really important point is that because the community that has been built over this time any money that would be put into the program would be in effect multiplied many times over over the
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various number of families in there. thank you very much for hearing us and for supporting the program over the last many years. [applause] >> supervisors thank you for your time and patience listening to so many. i am a pastor of a good news presbyterian church in san francisco. i am here to tell you about the families and the ministry i'm doing now. i'm the representative of the exodus organizations. i am really happy to be here because i'm one of the ethnic pastors in the city. the [inaudible] families lived -- their language, custom
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and relationships, communications even though the children [inaudible]. they have no place to go, but i kind out this program, reach out program, really help the ethnic groups. they develop their own talents through these programs, and this program funded more than 10 years so how many times of this program, and city for one $20,000 for 10 years but this year i heard cut down the fund. more than 60%. so i think it's too much to cut one this very limited ethnic groups. to improve them help them or reconsider this programs, and that th